This week we released the early access debut of Below Zero, a "new chapter" of Subnautica. The team has been hard at work on it since we released v1.0, which makes it about a year. This hasn't been a particularly easy year of development.
We are spread out among many time zones and cannot easily have a meeting that includes everyone. Many team members are growing into new responsibilities, which means we have growing pains. Lastly, much of the team (especially on the programming side) have been pulled into the PS4 and XB1 launches and support. That's turned out to a lot more work than we expected and we're still not done.
We weren't sure if anyone even wanted more Subnautica. We weren't sure we had enough in the game to launch it. We weren't sure anyone would want a new story, with new characters. We didn't want to remake Subnautica, so we had to start taking some story risks. Surface gameplay is still a big unknown, but we've committed to it (thank you, land-speeder-in-trailer) and we're hopeful we can make it all work well and "feel like Subnautica", without being just the same thing all over again.
But now we've launched, and boy, was it a big launch. We cannot BELIEVE how many of you showed your support of our early access practices and bought the game. We've been #1 on Steam since we launched on Wednesday and that's something the original Subnautica never quite did.
So I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you, our lovely community.
We see your crazy gifs every day, your hilarious YT videos, the memes, the fan-art, and we love it. Even more importantly, it keeps us going. It can be hard to stay motivated when you don't know if you're going to get ripped apart in the reviews. But you guys are telling us what we're doing wrong and what we're doing right, and being pretty darned civil about it.
We are really happy to be making "more Subnautica" with you and we really appreciate you've chosen our weird underwater game to spend some of your time with.
A big old handshake, hug and/or kiss from the whole dev team to you,
- [no spoilers]My guide for Subnautica VR support for Steam VR + Steam Controllers (motion controls won’t work)
- FAQ – Below Zero – Mid-2020 update
- FAQ – Below Zero – Early-2021 update
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